Softball Battles but Falls to Bluffton

BOX SCORES: GAME 1; GAME 2

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bowman-plate-buTERRE HAUTE, IND. -- Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology rallied late against Bluffton University but fell 9-2 and 9-5 in a Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference softball twinbill at the Engineer Softball Field on Saturday.

In the opener, Bluffton scored three times in the first and sixth innings to secure the victory.  Jessica Kuzara had two hits, including a hom run, and Shelby Wade joined Ashley Knippen with two hits for Bluffton.

The Rose-Hulman offensive effort featured three players with multiple hits in game one.  Senior Brianne Widmoyer (Elkhart/Central) slapped a double and a single, junior Allison Bowman (Fort Wayne/Snider) added two singles, and senior Alyse Mueller (Belleville, Ill./West) contributed two singles to the 10-hit attack.

Sophomore Carly Heibel (Fort Wayne/Lakewood Park) led the pitching effort with 6.1 innings in the circle, allowing three earned runs with three strikeouts.

In the nightcap, Rose-Hulman scored three times in the sixth inning to close within 4-3.  Bluffton added five insurance runs in the top of the seventh, before the Engineers put two runs on the board to close within the final 9-5 margin.

Kuzara and Chelsea Weitz led the Bluffton offense with home runs.  Sophomore Jessica Ahlborn (Houghton, Mich.) contributed a home run of her own for the Engineers.

Other key hitters in game two for Rose-Hulman included Widmoyer with two singles and two runs scored; Heibel with two singles, one run and one RBI; and Mueller with two RBIs.

Bluffton improved to 11-11 on the season and 3-1 in HCAC play, while Rose-Hulman stands 5-11 and 1-3 in league games.  The Fightin' Engineers travel to Millikin University on Monday.